The name “QX1” comes from the International Maritime Signals Code.

It corresponds to the positive response sent by a port when a ship wishes to moor there:

“You are authorized to moor in this port”.

QX1 Welcome Map was conceived in 2015 within the Collectif Transbordeur, the association that supported it from its launch to summer 2023. Since then, the project has been transferred to an association entirely dedicated to it, the QX1 association.

The QX1 Welcome Map platform is designed as a tool for collecting and exchanging information dedicated to migrants arriving in Marseille, either to settle here or simply to pass through. It’s a tool for mutual support and access to information, highlighting the experiences of people of different origins and profiles who have settled in our city in recent years.

The information presented here is the result of interviews and workshops organized by the QX1 team and its partners for people in a migration situation who wish to tell their stories and share their experiences.

The QX1 platform consists of several media for distributing its content:

  • a multilingual website (qx1.org)
  • regular meetings in different parts of the city and with partner structures receiving the public
  • printed materials, such as flyers, directories and welcome maps, to convey information of primary use, in addition to virtual spaces. These documents are also available in the Brochures section of this site.


Broadcasted by local radios, our jingles present the QX1 Welcome Map platform in French and Arabic (but not only!):

♪♪ Jingle QX1 Welcome Map – French Version

♪♪ Jingle QX1 Welcome Map – Arab Version

QX1 Welcome Map has been supported by the European Cultural Foundation (Idea Camp 2015 and R&D Grant in 2016), the Abbé Pierre Foundation (2017 and 2018/19), the Fondation de France (2018/19), the Lush Foundation and the French Ministry of Health and Solidarity, as part of its Plan Lutte contre la Pauvreté (2021), the Fondation Un Monde par Tous (2022).

Finally, in 2023, we have received the support of the City of Marseille, Service de la Solidarité et de la Lutte contre l’Exclusion.